Is Slapping Your Child a Crime in Latin America?

Posted on 02. Aug, 2017 by .


I slapped my son in public and earned the condemnation of a neighborhood Peruvian for being abusive. Could I have been charged for child abuse?

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Why Does Nicolas Maduro Get No Respect?

Posted on 31. Jul, 2017 by .


An essay challenging the conventional wisdom that Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro is inept, but rather a brilliant strategist and political operator.

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A Shining City upon a Hill … in Lima

Posted on 12. Jul, 2017 by .


Another glowing review of the American embassy in Lima, Peru, in which my newborn daughter obtained citizenship from the excellent state-department staff who have no criminal records.

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‘Is My Colombian Webcam Girl a Prostitute?’

Posted on 03. Jul, 2017 by .


Gringo reader “Lowrider” wants to know if his Colombian webcam girlfriend is using him for the monthly stipends he sends in dollars.

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Good Music Children Like to Watch

Posted on 29. Jun, 2017 by .


A playlist of songs which the video is interesting for children to watch and the music is good or at least tolerable for adults.

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When Readers Attack! ‘Buñuelos a Real Treat’

Posted on 28. Jun, 2017 by .


I kindly respond to a reader who argues that Colombian food is not awful, but in fact better than Peruvian food.

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Peruvian Customer Service, Documented

Posted on 21. Jun, 2017 by .


The story of my quest to obtain a certificate of live birth for my daughter born in Lima, Peru is a case study in Peruvian customer service.

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The Time I Told Wife to be More Latin

Posted on 13. Jun, 2017 by .


Explaining an old maxim from The Mick, “you have to play with them,” about embracing ambiguity and going with the flow. Very important in Latin America.

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Never Underestimate the ‘Feet Vote’

Posted on 21. May, 2017 by .


Explaining the importance of the “feet vote” and how it manifests in Latin America and beyond. Different ways to view how actions speak louder than words.

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Venezuela: Syria, Cuba, Pinochet or ‘Negotiated Transition’?

Posted on 08. May, 2017 by .


A look at Venezuela’s four possible endgame scenarios: Syria, Cuba, Pinochet or Negotiated Transition. Then, some politically incorrect thought experiments and my favorite articles from the latest action.

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Peru is Rich as F%#!: Three Maidservants in Three Months

Posted on 01. May, 2017 by .


After firing my first maidservant in January, our difficulty in finding a babysitter and domestic maidservant illustrates the changing economy in Peru.

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Hugo Chavez’s Political Genius from Beyond the Grave

Posted on 27. Apr, 2017 by .


A look at how Hugo Chavez’s Petrocaribe program has helped shield Venezuela from regional action.

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